CenturyLink Awarded 2012 Partner of the Year by Ciena

            CenturyLink Awarded 2012 Partner of the Year by Ciena

Company Recognized for Providing Customers with Managed Networking Solutions

PR Newswire

MONROE, La., April 10, 2013

MONROE, La., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) was
recently named the 2012 Partner of the Year by Ciena.

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CenturyLink was honored for its deployment of new managed services in 2012,
including its Professional Network Operations Center (ProNOC) offering. ProNOC
is a comprehensive network management, technology and maintenance solution
that allows enterprise customers to focus on their core business priorities
and avoid costly IT resource investments.

"CenturyLink is honored to be named Ciena's Partner of the Year in 2012 and
the North American Solution Provider Partner of the Year for the previous four
years," said Kenny Wyatt, CenturyLink senior vice president of business
solutions. "This honor validates our commitment to finding solutions that can
help businesses grow and be more productive. Together with Ciena, we are
delivering the right combination of services that can help our customers
achieve success."

"CenturyLink has been a great partner," said Nigel Williams, vice president of
worldwide channels and strategic alliances, Ciena."They leveraged Ciena's
BizConnect partner program to help identify and address each customer's
networking and technology needs."

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United
States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by
technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud
infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink
provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select
international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network
and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also
offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink™ Prism™ TV and
DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500
company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest
corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.

Website: http://www.centurylink.com
Contact: Meme Moore, +1-303-992-2527, Meme.moore@centurylink.com
 
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